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  • Chamber's outstanding award winners named

    The Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Feb. 19. During the dinner the 2008 outstanding award winners were announced.

    The awards winners are as follows:

    Outstanding educator — Roger Marcum

    Outstanding citizen — Brad Lanham

    Outstanding farmer — Todd and Jill Hardin

    Outstanding businessperson — Dr. Jimmy Cook

    Outstanding emergency services personnel — Chuck Helm

    Outstanding chamber member — Monica Pickerill

  • Fiscal court to discuss ice storm debris Saturday

    Ice storm debris has been gathered and piled up throughout Marion County. How that debris will be dealt with will be determined Saturday morning.

    At 8 a.m. Feb. 21, the Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting to discuss and decide what it will do regarding debris removal.

  • Firefighters respond to Tatum Lane fire

    Around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, the Gravel Switch Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 1775 Tatum Lane.

    The homeowner, Glynda Tatum, was outside of the house when a neighbor who was taking his son to school came across the scene. The neighbor, Ian Justice, said he used a garden hose before firefighters arrived.

    Justice said Tatum told him she had two cats inside the house, and firefighters found both cats alive while cleaning up after the fire was extinguished. 

  • Tornado watch in effect until 6 p.m.

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a tornado watch for Marion County that will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Marion County, part of central and southern Nelson County and western Washington County.

    This afternoon, the National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail.

  • Honoring an officer

    David Ford's dream in life was to become a police officer.

    His big brother, Darrell, vividly remembers Ford running around the house in his diaper acting out scenes from "Adam 12," a popular 1960s police show.

    "He wanted to be a cop. That's all he wanted to do. He loved being a cop more than anything," Darrell said, choking back tears as he spoke just feet away from his brother's casket Friday morning in the sanctuary of Campbellsville Baptist Church.

  • Inter County issues statement regarding electric bills

    Editor's note: The following is a press release from Inter County Energy regarding its most recent electric bills.   The ice storm may be over but there is still some aftermath to be dealt with.  Inter County Energy was not able to read meters during a nine day period after the ice storm on Jan. 27.  Meter reading resumed on Monday, Feb. 9.

  • State budget package; alcohol, tobacco taxes to increase

    Gov. Steve Beshear Feb. 13 signed two bills into law - one regarding the executive branch budget and one regarding taxes.

    State officials approved $150 million in spending cuts, as well as increases in the taxes on tobacco and alcohol. In November, economists projected a $456 million budget shortfall during the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to the governor's office.

  • Final respects

    Red roses sway gently in the breeze, ready to be placed on the grave in remembrance.   It is quiet.

    A long line of police cars stop at Campbellsville Memorial Gardens. The caravan continues as far as one can see, their blue lights flashing. Police officers from around the state stand to the side at attention.

    Lebanon Police Officers place their hands upon the hearse, which carries the body of slain police officer David M. Ford. They walk together as the vehicle slowly makes its way to the burial plot.

  • Local legislators file bills in 911 emergencies

    State Sen. Dan Kelly is one of five co-sponsors of Senate Bill 30, which would limit access to 911 tapes. The bill approved by the Senate reads that 911 tapes would not be considered public records.

    The bill would allow a provision for a transcript of the tape to be provided, or for the recordings to be released with the permission of the person who made the call and any people referenced during the call.

  • Police officer assaulted after basketball game

    On Friday, Feb. 13, the Kentucky State Police received a call from the Washington County High School principal requesting additional officer presence at the Washington County/Marion County High School basketball game beginning at 6 p.m. in anticipation of potential problems.

    Kentucky State Troopers Fred Cornett and John Adams were in attendance.  Immediately following the game a large crowd gathered in the parking lot and became disorderly. Two Springfield residents were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.